A CBC Reporter Got a Racialized Colleague Fired After Looking Through His WhatsApp Amid Don Cherry Controversy

A white CBC journalist took screenshots of his racialized colleague’s private messages, in some cases cropping them to make them look more egregious, and sent them to management, resulting in his coworker getting fired, according to an arbitration decision of a union grievance that ruled against the Canadian public broadcaster. 

Winnipeg-based CBC News reporter Austin Grabish searched and screenshotted tweets and Whatsapp messages made by his coworker Ahmar Khan, some of which discussed Khan’s concerns about how CBC forced him to delete a tweet criticizing hockey commentator Don Cherry for being racist. Khan had also leaked that CBC management made him delete his tweet to Canadaland. 


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